Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Local skaters steal the show at Summer Figure Skating Championships

     The 46th annual 2013 Sun Valley Summer Championships drew 185 figure skaters to the ice July 18-21.
    Skaters from toddlers to retired adults and first time competitors to professional skaters represented 37 different figure skating clubs.
    Categories were Free Skate, Compulsory Spins and Jumps, Ice Dancing, Dramatic Artistic Showcase and Light Entertainment Showcase events.
    Community School seventh grader Alex Stuessi’s Pre-Juvenile Artistic Program won the coveted trophy for Most Outstanding Artistic Program at the Pre-Preliminary through Intermediate Level.  
    Holly Wheeler and Gia Guddat coach Stuessi. Guddat designed and choreographed Stuessi’s winning program.
    Showcase and Group Production Ensemble events delighted spectators on “Showcase Sunday” on July 21.
    The Sun Valley Figure Skating Club Junior Board’s production, “Sun Valley Dog Show,” directed by President Shayna Moellenberg captured first place in Production Ensemble.  Moellenberg, a USFS Double Gold Medalist and Sun Valley Ice Show Ensemble Cast member, will attend University of Vermont in the fall.
    Following tradition, the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club dominated the Showcase and Artistic events. Joyce Chan won both her Artistic and Light Showcase events at the Intermediate level. Lane Letourneau won both her Artistic and Light Showcase events at the Intermediate level, while Stuessi won both her Artistic and Light Showcase events at the Pre-Juvenile level.  
    The brother and sister team of Nicole and Kenny Pratt won gold in Pairs Showcase Group B. Nicole also won bronze in Senior Artistic.
    Both Stuessi and Blake Letourneau won Pairs Showcase, Group A with her partner. Letourneau also took bronze in Pre-Juvenile Showcase.
    Katie Peters took silver in both the Pre-Juvenile Compulsory Spins event and in Pairs Showcase when she partnered up with Moellenberg.
    Sun Valley’s strong finish in the Showcase and Artistic events bode well for the Club for the USFS National Showcase Competition on August 1-4 in Bourne, Mass., where the Stuessis, the Letourneaus, Chan and Peters will join Alexandra Harten, Isabella Bourett, Sage Curtis, and Antonia Avery.
    In test level compulsory events, Murphy Kendall, won silver in Preliminary Compulsory Moves and placed fourth in Preliminary Spins. Abby Chase, won gold in Solo Pattern Ice Dancing.
    “Basic Skills Saturday” brought the younger skaters to the ice, some competing for the first time. Carson Vogel and Jaysa Bozutto tied to win gold medals in the Basic 7 Program event. Alex Griffin won gold in Basic 4 Program, Grace Rushton won Basic 2 Program, and Bridgett Silva won Basic 1-8 Artistic.
    Silver medalists were Sawyer Vogel in Basic 3 Program, Kenley Bozutto in Basic 2 Program, and Grace Rushton in Basic 1-2 Showcase.
    Bronze medalists were Jessica Blackburn in Freeskate 4 Program and Freeskate 4 Artistic, Kenley and Jaysa Bozutto in Basic Pairs Showcase, Noelle LaFleur in Basic 8 Program, Jacqueline Cronin in Basic 7 Program, and Bridget Silva in Basic 6 Program. Fourth Place winners were Avery Griffith in Freeskate 1 Program, Valerie Ward in Basic 6 Program.

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